The time has come for The First ZeroHedge Symposium and Live Fight Club

For over four decades, many of the planet's biggest trouble makers and assholes have met each year in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum with the humble mission of, "Improving the state of the world." 

Each year since 1978, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City has sponsored a symposium in Jackson Hole on an important issue facing the world's bankers and their pet politicians and government bureaucrats.  Symposium participants include prominent central bankers, finance ministers, academics, and financial market participants from around the world.  

For 7 years on Zerohedge, I, and many of you, have ridiculed those incredibly wealthy and very powerful people from the comfort of our keyboards, while taking little or no action.  

Truthfully, our comfort may be our pen.  

For those of us that don't want to be a turkey, and that seek a way out of our false comfort...that want to be bold and revolutionary...we must also find a way to overcome our fear.  FEAR.  False Evidence Appearing Real.  The best way I know to overcome fear is with knowledge.  Knowledge allows us to see false evidence as false.  Knowledge also allows us to be bold, and to take action, rather than be timid, staying right where we are.  Knowledge enables us to be revolutionary. …


Friends, the time has come for The First ZeroHedge Symposium and Live Fight Club.  

Get your brain and liver to beautiful Marfa, Texas, June 16 -18, 2017, and we'll all just see what happens.



First of all, to make it happen, we need everyone to please visit our GoFundMe site and donate to help pay for expenses, primarily rental of the Marfa Activites Center (MAC) and a PA system, so that we can listen to our symposium's speakers, hold our discussions, and solve the universe's big problems, or at least fight about them intelligently.  If we raise enough dough, then we'll get a band or two to come play for us in the evening.  Please donate!  We are not going to charge for the symposium.

UPDATE: The Crowley Theatre is free, but already booked.  The St. Joseph Hall is available at $7,000 per day (cough) not inclusive of food and beverage minimums.  The USO is booked. The MAC was available, has new air conditioning, seats 1,000 people, and is $550 per day, includes at least 270 chairs, a stage, and a podium.  It has a dance floor!  We went ahead and booked the MAC for this first year.  


  • It is OK to bring in your own food and alcohol, but no smoking.
  • It is OK for bands to play in the evening until Midnight Friday night, and 1:00 AM Saturday night.
  • It looks like we will have some food trucks on site, and Porter's Grocery is right across the tracks and sells cold beer and wine.

UPDATE: We have booked our musician for Saturday night!  A very talented young Texas artist, Shane Walker, will be traveling to Marfa to perform for us.  Please donate so we can pay him!  

Secondly, if you are not planning to camp out in the high desert, drive an RV, or sleep in the gutter or jail, then reserve a luxury suite, historic hotel room, teepee, yurt, trailer, or tent (and hot tub) at one of the few fine sleeping establishments within stumbling distance of the many fine bars in town.  You better hurry!  The most interesting and best accommodations go fast.  (Wow!  Some amazing homes available!)  (We filled it up!) (We filled it up!) (We filled it up!)…



UPDATE: The symposium's theme is disintermediation.  

If you or someone you know is a qualified expert in some aspect of disintermediation, and is ready, willing, and able to speak on the topic at our little symposium, then please send me an email with details:

UPDATE: The following topics have now been allocated to speakers.  

  • Agriculture: Tim Mann, Make backyard and commercial aquaponics easy and inexpensive
  • Personal security: Brian Hoffner, When seconds count, the police are only minutes away
  • Media: Robert Gore, Breaking alternative media's dependency on the MSM
  • Distilling and brewing: Ned Rutland, One man's experience with more than 50 years at the still   
  • Crypto currencies: Ian Grigg and Ken Griffith, The Death of Banking and the Rise of New Financial Ecosystems - How to Make it Work For You
  • Education: Russell Fish, Disintermediated education in your home and community
  • Real estate: Forrest Noble, The truth and consequences of being a landlord
  • Healthcare: hedgeless_horseman,  Negotiating directly with physicians and hospitals

As far as an agenda, I will be posting a schedule of the speakers in the near future.  I have been blow away by the expertise of the people volunteering to come and speak!  Regarding registration and charging a fee, I do not see any good reasons to do so.  We ZHers like our perceived anonymity, and I want us to try to maintain that, for attendees, if at all possible.  I am thinking this event will feel more like Burning Man than Davos, so we are all on our own as far as arranging lodging, etc. 

UPDATE: is playing live for us Saturday night, June 17! is also playing Saturday June 17!

I will be posting follow-on articles here, on ZH.

What do you think, friends?  I'd like to do this without sponsorship, etc.  

I look forward to reading and discussing your ideas, questions, and concerns, in the comments below.

Peace, liberty, and prosperity!



UPDATE:   Why ZH Fight Club matters: The scarcity of real discussion and debate in today's society and what we can do about it.

UPDATE: Road tripping and Project Mayhem homework assignment

UPDATE: Our Schedule for the First ZeroHedge Symposium and Live Fight Club In Marfa, Texas, June 16-18

FINAL UPDATE: We had just experienced exactly the type of free and honest fight club conversation that ZeroHedge enables